Press Release

GEI Announces the Appointment of Ron Palmieri as GEI’s Next President

January 9, 2018

GEI is pleased to announce Ron Palmieri, P.E., has been selected by the board of directors to assume the role of president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Ron will be the third (non-founder) president in GEI’s 48-year history.

“Ron’s appointment as president of GEI marks an exciting time for the company” says Steve Verigin, chair of GEI’s board of directors. “Ron has been a very effective leader during his tenure at GEI and has built strong relationships with our employees, clients and partners. We look forward to his continued leadership to help GEI achieve its long-term strategic goals.”

New Leadership Creating New Opportunities

Ron joined the firm in 2010 to lead the startup of GEI’s Midwest Region, where he served as regional manager and managed the rapid growth and integration of the region into GEI. In 2013, he was named to his current position as chief operating officer.  As COO, Ron played an instrumental role in leading the firm to successive years of growth and profitability, culminating with the firm reaching its highest annual revenue and number of employees in its history.

Ron earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School at DePaul University. Ron has more than 30 years of consulting and client management experience in geotechnical and pavement engineering and construction services, as well as operational leadership and management, strategic planning, and risk management.

“I am excited to step into my new role as GEI’s president” says Ron Palmieri. “GEI is a special place to work. Along with our dedicated and talented staff, great clients and exciting projects, I look forward to leading GEI to continued growth and success.”

Recognizing a Legacy of Leadership

“The entire board of directors would like to thank Ray Hart for his stewardship of the company over the last 5 years” says Steve Verigin. “Ray’s vision for the firm and his strong partnership with senior leaders across the company helped the firm achieve its most significant period of growth in our 48-year history. We also look forward to his continued participation in leading our efforts to grow our Western Region.”

In addition to ensuring a smooth transition, Ray will continue to serve the company as a senior consultant in GEI’s West Region, where he will focus on client development and succession planning. “I would like to thank all of those I have worked with throughout my role as president at GEI, I was honored to lead the firm over the past five years. I am looking forward to stepping into my new role to help serve our west coast clients, and support Ron throughout his transition into his new role.”

About GEI

GEI’s multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and planners deliver integrated water resources, environmental, ecological, geotechnical and waterfront engineering solutions to diverse clientele nationwide. The firm has provided a broad range of consulting and engineering services on over 50,000 projects in 50 states and 22 countries. For more information on GEI, please visit

Media Contact:

Leann Gebhardt
Marketing Communications Manager
400 Unicorn Park Drive
Woburn, MA 01801